GOBLINS, TROLLS & ORCS ARE NO MATCH FOR PRESCHOOLERS AS THEY DEFEND THE CASTLE IN JR. VERSION OF POPULAR COOP BOARD GAME—My First Castle Panic Already A Winner of Tillywig Parents’ Favorite Product, Hot Diggity, #1 Best Board Games For 3-Year-Olds By Dad Suggests


My First Castle Panic Already A Winner of Tillywig Parents’ Favorite Product, Hot Diggity, #1 Best Board Games For 3-Year-Olds By Dad Suggests

Austin, TX (February 8, 2023) – If knowledge is power then little ones will never be bothered by monsters under the bed after a playing a round of My First Castle Panic ($24.95). Preschoolers are introduced to Goblins, Orcs and Trolls who wish to storm the castle they erect atop a sturdy board game. In this not-too-scary round of play, tots meet monsters and strategize to dump them in the dungeon (aka bottom of the game box) in this colorful coop board game that runs about 20 minutes.

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Parent company Fireside Games offers this preschool version of its best-selling Castle Panic created for tweens and teens and adults. With no reading required, kids can play this junior edition independently or as a family game night adventure.

“One of my very favorite cooperative games of all time is Castle Panic by Fireside Games,” boasts Ryan Billingsley, aka blogger Dad Suggests. “I absolutely love it when somebody makes junior versions of our favorite board game.”

Echoes a Hot Diggity Awards reviewer, “This is an easy concept for preschoolers to grasp and encourages helping one another. The game pieces are sturdy with delightful illustrations and the game lasts just the right amount of time for little ones’ attention spans! I look forward to checking out the original version of this game once my kids get a little older!”

My First Castle Panic • $24.95 • Ages 3+

With illustrated preschool graphics and game pieces, kids are asked to defend the castle from goblins or trolls emerging from the forest. Taking their cues from game cards, players match the color and shape on the card to the board game space of the monster. They could be lurking in one of five rings around the castle. Players can ask for help from each other as they team up to place Orcs, Trolls and Goblins in the dungeon. To win the game, players send monsters to the dungeon with the castle still standing. But the game ends if the monsters knock through all the castle walls.

Available online at https://FiresideGames.com and amazon.com, the global toy industry has taken note with a prestigious nod from Cannes, France! The Festival International des Jeux, held annually in the French Rivera, nominated My First Castle Panic for its 2022 As d’Or — France’s game of the year award. Oooh la la!

Back at home, the rave reviews from amazon.com shoppers are a joy to read!

Monster Capturing fun… I bought this board game to play with my 3, 5, and 6-year-olds. All three kids loved it. It’s super easy to teach and my kids get overly excited about throwing monsters in the dungeon.  

This game is amazing for kids. Rules are simple to understand. It’s fun. My daughters (5 and 7) always fight when losing to each other in games. No fighting. Just laughs. Even when they lose, they don’t get angry or sad, they just want to try again. Must have played this 50 times with them in the 2 weeks that I have had it. Doesn’t take too long, so it’s good for kids with short attention spans. You win sometimes, you lose sometimes. My kids like that it is a cooperative game, so you work together. My son says, ‘This game is so great, and I give it a 5-star rating!’”

We purchased My First Castle Panic for my 4 1/2-year-old son, and he absolutely loves it! After receiving the game, he wanted to try it right away, and was able to pick up the rules and game play after one play through. And that’s all it took, after one play through, he was hooked! We played it 6 times that first day and played it 2 or 3 times every day for the following week! 

Awards for My First Castle Panic

My First Castle Panic • $24.95 • Ages 3+

My First Castle Panic • $24.95 • Ages 3+Designed by Justin De Witt, Fireside Games Chief Creative Officer, this board game introduces the youngest members of the house to a group of monsters racing out of the woods — and coming right at your Castle! Players need to catch all the monsters before they smash the Castle flat. Send out your brave defenders to match the color and shape of the space where a monster is to catch it. But watch out! The monsters move closer to the Castle every turn, and more monsters keep coming! No reading required. This delightful and fantastical coop game teaches matching, strategic thinking, taking turns, and more. Cooperative gameplay means no sore losers. If wanted, preschoolers can play independently. For 1-4 players.

$5 Backup Game Pieces

Did the dog chew a cardboard monster? Or the cat kicked a card under the frig?  No need to panic. Replacements are available at https://firesidegames.com/product-category/game-pieces/my-first-castle-panic/

  • My First Castle Panic Game Board • $5
  • My First Castle Panic Cards • $5
  • My First Castle Panic Monsters • $5
  • My First Castle Panic Castle and Wall • $5

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Fireside Games is a board game publisher based in Austin, Texas. With a belief that board games have the power to bring people together, their menu of games will keep you engaged, maybe even on the edge of your seat.  Owned and operated by Justin De Witt and Anne-Marie De Witt, the company published their first game, Castle Panic, in 2009. Since then, several expansions and sequels of the beloved game as well as other titles are on toy store shelves from board games to dice & card games. Discover more at firesidegames.com.

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